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Subject: RE: Cop who tasered woman till she braindead is cleared...smh at Florida.
I read posts like yours and it makes me cringe. The hero bit has got to stop. Everyone that's ever worn a uniform is not a hero or a martyr for the success of American society.
There are aspects to your post that are credible, and deserve to be validated. Not many people understand the dangers of the job and very few fully appreciate the situations that police officers find themselves in. It's reasonable to assume that a police officer has the training, knowledge, and hopefully experience to appropriately use force to protect themselves, and secondly, the people they're trying to arrest.
That's fair. We don't know the full context of this situation, but there are a lot of aspects about how this particular officer handled the situation that leads me to believe that it's just carelessness.
First, he had her handcuffed in the front, a no-no. Secondly, he had her sitting in a conference room doing paperwork and never had her handcuffed to a stationary object. Thirdly, that Taser is out and ready before he even got out the door.
My point is this; what happened to this girl is an accident. Plain and simple. I clearly don't think he meant to hurt her any way. With that being said, I would expect a trained veteran of 15 years to be able to handle a 100 pound female in handcuffs better than this. He deserves to be criticized and he deserves to be an example of how taking the easy route has consequences...
As for the job in itself... I think it's ridiculous for any cop to pull the "I'm out there saving you from the criminals" card. What a crock of shit. It's a job. If you don't like it, quit. I can understand a level of cynicism that comes with dealing with the scum of society on a daily basis, but if we're making broad generalizations about the merits of police work, then I'll give you some of my own...
There are more shitty cops than good ones. Most urban cops want the pension and care more about overtime more than they care about preventing crime. In most cases, being a cop is a great way for high school graduates to get a well paying job with benefits, then play the "I'm doing it for you card"... yea, like every soldier joined the Army to fight for my freedom...
That's not to say they're aren't great cops out there. And I don't want to take anything away from any one in any job that does it and does it well, but one of the most important characteristics in any job is integrity and owning up to your mistake when you put someone in a brain dead state is one of them. It's an accident, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't have been prevented.
And I have siblings who are police officers and brothers who are lawyers, so I understand the daily plight of the legal system and the amount of responsibility and criticism they receive... but at the end of the day, that's what your trained for.
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